ABC’s methodology is based on the science of teaching for all children. It is a practice that provides superior education and is based exclusively on empirically validated and replicated procedures. Children learn to skills they could not do without special instruction and expand their community of reinforces, or passionate interests. We believe it is not enough for a child to learn to read, or even to read fluently. Rather, our goal is to teach one to read fluently, constantly improve, and to love to read. We provide proven systematic scientific procedures to the children we serve.
We utilize both criterion and norm-referenced assessment tools (i.e., VB MAPP, PIRK, A-BILLS and Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales) to determine children’s current repertoires. These repertoires are categorized as follows:
- Communication- These repertoires pertain to the development of Verbal Behavior, which includes both listener repertoires (e.g., compliance to verbal commands, responding verbally to either verbal or non-verbal stimuli) and speaker repertoires (e.g., requesting, commenting and/or conversing).
- Social/ Emotional- These repertoires pertain to the Theory of Mind and are associated with emotional intelligence, empathy, pragmatics, attention-al control, sharing, appropriate touching and appropriate demeanor.
- Self-help Skills- These repertoires pertain to the development of skills of daily living (e.g., dressing, feeding, grooming, toilet training, etc.)
- Community Self-sufficiency- These repertoires pertain to a child’s level of success in the community, both independently and/or with their parent (e.g., remaining within designated areas, utilizing Functional Communication with appropriate people, finding help if needed, following rules and engaging in appropriate behaviors).
- Play Skills- These repertoires pertain to the development of parallel, collaborative and imaginative play, and the expansion of the child’s Community of Reinforces or preferences (e.g. playing with toys independently, reading books independently, playing games appropriately).
- Physical/Motor Skills- These repertoires pertain to both fine motor skills (e.g., holding and using utensils) and gross motor skills (e.g., throwing a ball, climbing, running, walking, jumping, etc.).
- Academics- These repertoires pertain to all academic skills (e.g., addition, letter recognition, reading, etc.).